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I love this fabric.  I really, really do.  I have finally finished this tote as a sample, and I’m gonna keep it and make more!  More fabric is on order.

fall colors tote 2

I really like how the side seams came out perfectly matchy-matchy, though I don’t think this fabric requires being matched up, or maybe it does?

fall colors tote 6

Coordinated orange top-stitching thread on the outside and the thread on the inside matches the lining fabric (which is a curry-ish chartreuse).

fall colors tote 7

The fabric is so photogenic, I just can’t stand it.

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I had to wait a while for new labels to arrive which felt like a ridiculously long time, and then my computer developed a fondness for tech guys.   I haven’t sewn for what, a week?   I’ve been focused on anything but finishing the works in progress.   I may need to learn not to want to keepevery bag I make.

The side by side tote (lame working name) in Peach came from some color inspiration I had when I realized that this bold purple and orange section of this fabric had some subtle bits of peach and teracotta in it.  I decided to play with that and ignore the screams of the bolder colors that would otherwise demand attention.  I’ve always liked the underdog.

peach side by side tote

peach side by side tote with Pear Ginger label

peach side by side tote with matched fabric panels

I tried to get these fabric panels to match, but they don’t quite exactly align.  Oh well, I embrace its wabi-sabi nature.

large pouch with spoonflower fabric

This pouch is made from the same fabric, but a different section.  I’m a big fan of blues and purples with moody browns – the colors here remind me of fall.

I am glad to get these off the work tables so I can test out the designs I was thinking about while I was making these bags and waiting for those danged labels.

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My friend DL loved the chairs – he wanted  a “man bag” for grocery shopping in manly style.  I adore DL – he’s The Super Fab Dude if ever there was one.  Since DL (a friend from Garden Architecture) chose the chairs as his favorite pattern, I set about working out designs for his man bag.

chair handbag

The New Braunfels Chair pattern I had from Spoonflower was too small for a full-size tote so I made a shoulder bag instead with a flap closure (and 2 magnetic snaps under the flap!).

I loved the slate blue wool blend fabric with the image and the gray lining, but once it was done, it looked kinda postal – not sure I’m down with that, so today I got some alternative lining fabrics….whee!

chair handbag flap

I think my sewing is getting better too, don’t you?

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Hellebore bag experiment

Hellebore bag

When I showed my Spoonflower fabric swatches to my friends at Garden Architecture, DL and TK both liked fabric designs that I wasn’t super focused on – their faves weren’t the same as mine!  I was pleasantly surprised by their reactions, and decided to develop bags inspired by them with those particular fabrics.  The first is the Hellebore Bag – I have some tweaks I want to make on the sewing pattern – the focal fabric wants to be more off-center on the bag.  This was TK’s favorite of my fabrics, so I owe her a big thanks for that!  Otherwise, I might not have looked so closely at this fabric for a while and I wouldn’t have had all that fun making this bag (and the ones to come).

Hellebore bag with gardening books

The flannel fabric is a local fabric shop score – it is gray-purple and has a subtle stripe in it.  It’s wonderfully flannelly soft and smooshy.  It seems a good bag going into fall for it’s snuggly-ness.  Comfort” food” in fabric form.  I hope she likes it when I give it to her (shhh….don’t tell!).

Hellebore bag fabric textures

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Project Bag for Knitting

My first project bag is done.  I like it, I think it needs to lose the contrasting color bottom and have more grommets.  I love this fabric, looking forward to using the same pattern in the pastel colorway!!  that will also be gorgeous.

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I’ve shown a few friends and colleagues my bags/patterns/ideas and the response has been good.  Naturally, I am skeptical of positive feedback from friends.  I would be surprised if they said “wow, your ideas suck, you should stop now.”  So I showed my stuff to a few other people – people who I suspect wouldn’t try to shield me from bad news.  Still positive!  A woman who’s opinion I respect in these sorts of things said that I should treat the whole bag thing seriously, not as a hobby or ‘sideline’ but as a real business venture.  I am encouraged.

I’ve got so many fabric patterns and bag ideas/patterns in the works, I don’t know what to do next!  I’m not really even “in business” yet and I need an assistant AND a draftsperson.  Make that two draftspersons.  I have pages and pages of sketches and notes for new patterns, whole collections, colorways, coordinates….whee!  I really do feel like I’ve been getting ready for this for years already and am just opening the floodgates.

Here’s one of my test/prototype bags – I made this tote bag a couple of weeks ago and have been carrying it around abusing it ever since.  I already have a list of details to change like size adjustments, a closure needs to be added and I want to change the proportions of the exterior pocket … it is a work in progress.  I hope that if I improve from here and my bags get better, the fabrics, shapes, pockets and closures all continue to evolve … I don’t think this bag is such a bad place to start at all.

totebag with spoonflower 1c

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